Explore the most popular birding trails in China with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a very informative and beautiful experience. It has heavy traffic in areas but opened up on to eating, drinks and craft sales along the way. Learned a lot about Taoism there the guild.

walking
1 month ago

Qingcheng is actually a very heavily trafficked climb up a wide footpath that has manmade stairs. It is a moderate climb that takes you past Daoist and Buddhist shrines and temples. It is one of China's sacred Daoist mountains so it is worth the climb just in light of that, but it is DEFINITELY not for those seeking the solitude and beauty of a virgin forest mountain hike. It is a protected park that will cost you 110 RMB just to enter. Does not mean a person should not go. It is a valued site for its Daoist history. Just be aware, this no backcountry "hike"

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful walk around Changhu! Did this hike with two groups of students--ages 8-18. All of them loved it and did very well throughout the walk.

hiking
5 months ago

For a hike in the city more or less it was fantastic. It was snowing the whole time I was there so there were very few people and we felt like it was a different place all together because of that. Very easy hike but nice to get out of the throng.

hiking
10 months ago

Really fun climb, but very tough in the heat, take lots of water! Also the map here says the route is 10km but the route I take is more like 16km. I think thats because whoever made the map took the cable car half way up.

hiking
11 months ago

Interesting historic church on the hill and certainly worth a look. A relatively easy hike to the top but very crowded on the weekends. Views over Songjiang district are hampered by pollution. Visit the Observatory on the hill...gives an insight into how the Chinese contributed to astromomy and the information is in English. Well worth a visit

walking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I had a free morning, while in Minhang District of Shanghai. Rather than wait around in my hotel for my colleagues to pick me up for afternoon meetings, I decided to find someplace with a bit of green. The area of Minhang where this trail network is located, is truly an unsightly, urban area of soulless light industrial complexes and streets full of heavy traffic. I found this green zone by looking at local maps. It was a considerable walk in the sweltering humidity of this Shanghai summer morning, but it was well worth the effort.

At first, I was truly amazed that I had been frequently visiting Minhang for a decade, and had never heard of this wetland area. But then some locals explained to me that it was a new nature development area that has not been open very long. In any case, the water flowers in the lake gardens are AWESOME! They were impossibly beautiful! The trails surrounding the lake are also topnotch. They are spotless, with full-time caretakers managing them. There is a nice balance between lakeside paths, wooden walkways, and forest paths that meander through lush forests and across streams and bridges.

There is an interesting network of trails that weave through this lovely green area, so that one could spend the better part of an afternoon walking them. I would guess that there are probably 3 miles or so of linear trails in the network. Although this is probably not a destination for a serious hiker looking for intercourse with primal nature, it is certainly a nice walk for anyone in the area, and worth a visit.

I clocked 7.9 miles on my pedometer roundtrip to my hotel, and dripping wet with sweat and humidity by the time I got back. I smiled for the rest of the day, and kept thinking about the beautiful flowers during my boring afternoon meetings.

I was in Beijing for the weekend, so I took a few friends to visit the Summer Palace. I've been here multiple times, and different times of the year. I must say that if you plan to visit the Summer Palace, the best time to do it is NOT in the summer. Everybody else will have the same idea. There are LOT'S of people who visit in the summer.

If you visit, make sure to have your transportation to and from the palace arranged beforehand. You will not be able to catch a taxi anywhere near this place!

Plan on getting some walking done at the Summer Palace. There is a scenic lake, with lots of historic buildings. Read up on the history of it before visiting, to maximize your visit. I logged about 4 miles of walking here today - much of it on stairs.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Great views. Tough to take photos with all the people who frequent the site.

hiking
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sheshan Forest Park is a nice place for a quick escape from the city. The trail / path is paved. There are stairs in many places. Expect an invigorating walk up the hill and back. It can get a bit crowded on weekends, but relative to the rest of Shanghai, it is peaceful on the busiest of days. There are some forests, flowers, relatively fresh air, nice views, and a historical church at the top of the hill.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

If you get the chance to hike the Great Wall (especially on a rare blue-sky day), you do it. 10/10 amazing.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Excellent weekend getaway. Not over developed. Nice little retreat from the busy city life.

This is one of the best hiking in Shenzhen. It is close to the city and offers unbeatable view to Shenzhen and Hongkong.

This trail is rather easy. One can say there is nothing spetacular about it. However, the waterfalls and the ponds in the area make the trip worthwhile. Beijing lacks wather and waterfalls.

very intesting. it combines the historical artifacts with outdoor activity. highly recommend.

I have been to both shangchuan and xiachuan islands. They are much less developed than Hawaii,usa. But that is exactly the Beaty of it. Hardly any English speakers been there,except missionaries centuries ago. Be there first.

This is my favorite hike in Shenzhen. It is very close to the city. It offers the best view of Shenzhen and Shenzhen bay. Reminds me of viewing vancourver,Canada from the goose montain.

The road is paved. Be sure to have sun block if you hike during the day. It gets cooler at the top of the mountain. Take thicker coat if you stay over night. Camp is allowed near Tianci area.

This route is the classical route in huizhou peninsula. Natural elements,marine life,long sandy beaches,historical relics,and great seafood.

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